Today's Veterinary Practice

NOV-DEC 2018

Today's Veterinary Practice provides comprehensive information to keep every small animal practitioner up to date on companion animal medicine and surgery as well as practice building and management.

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PEER REVIEWED 20 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2018 The veterinary industry continues to advance and accelerate medical research, bringing new formulary options to market and, in many cases, enabling elevated patient care. As part of the largest general veterinary practice in the world, all of us at Banfield Pet Hospital feel an immense responsibility to deliver high-quality care—and products, whether vaccines, medication, or surgical supplies—to every patient that comes through our doors. But while therapeutic choices usually mean good news for our patients and clients, we also know they can place additional stress on the shoulders of our veterinarians. So in this climate, how does a veterinary team help ensure the quality of its hospital formulary? DETERMINE THE RIGHT MIX First and foremost, outline the key categories of care that you provide within your clinic or hospital setting, while understanding that each layer added may increase financial investments in training and expertise, as well as in the suppliers required to provide that care. A primary care provider's needs differ from those of tertiary care providers, and their formularies should thus be different. From there, determine which items are considered "mission critical," "core," and "veterinarian/veterinary technician preference" for your practice. Bucketing products may help you prioritize order timing and frequency. Be transparent about the choices you make as a team. When a consensus cannot be achieved, consider activating other channels, such as next- day delivery for special-use items or setting up a home delivery option for your clients. SET SELECTION CRITERIA At Banfield, we have also found that evaluating products within five areas of risk that are relevant for our clinical setting is an effective strategy. When Designing a Formulary That Works for Your Practice Philippe Boutet, DVM Director of Formulary & Supplier Quality Assurance, Banfield Pet Hospital FROM THE FIELD Alison Pate, Banfield Pet Hospital From the Field shares insights from Banfield Pet Hospital veterinary team members. Drawing from the nationwide practice's extensive research, as well as findings from its electronic veterinary medical records database and more than 8 million annual pet visits, this column is intended to explore topics and spark conversations relevant to veterinary practices that ultimately help create a better world for pets.

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